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A Visit to Queensland wouldn’t be complete without taking in some of the rich culture and history the state has to offer. As the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Region and less than 2 hours north of Brisbane, Gympie boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. Gympie is a city of 17,000 people; it offers the warmth and hospitality of a country town that has kept pace with all the demands for modern conveniences.

Gympie is known as the "Town that Saved Queensland", in 1867 Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and a fall in wool prices, but with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall, all that changed. Nash made the five day journey down the Mary River from Maryborough and, after digging up 75 ounces of gold in six days, the Gympie Gold Rush was on, proving to be a major boost to the Queensland economy that enabled the colony to survive.

You can now experience the tradition that has given Gympie its special place in history, the Gold Mining Museum has displays covering the gold rush days as well as exhibits such as the Lighthorse Museum and Andrew Fisher House to provide an outstanding range of cultural as well as historical exhibits. Other attractions such as the Mary Valley Heritage Railway and Woodworks Forestry and Timber Museum provide a fantastic look back in time to the region's railway and timber history.

At the heart of the city is Mary Street, which provides a wonderful blend of shopping and heritage, you can take a walk past traditional shopfronts as well as excellent examples of 19th Century architecture. The nearby parkland is truly beautiful and combines the activity of a regional centre with the relaxed, carefree experience of a holiday. Take a stroll to a coffee shop and relax in the casual atmosphere that seems to be lost in the modern era.

Gympie is located right on the Bruce Highway less than 2 hours drive north of Brisbane, which makes it easily accessible for visitors looking for a special slice of Queensland. It is also centrally located to the breathtaking coastline of Rainbow Beach, the dolphins of Tin Can Bay, and the rural hinterland of the Mary Valley.

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